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burden basket (plural burden baskets)

  1. A basket fitted with a strap or straps to allow it to be carried on the back with the carrier's arms free.
    • 1942, Emily Carr, The Book of Small, "East and West," [1]
      A cedar-root burden basket of her own weaving was slung across the woman's back, steadied by a woven pack strap worn across the chest. Women of some tribes wore the strap across their foreheads, pushing their heads forward against the burden's weight.
    • 2007, Dennis Slifer, Kokopelli: The Magic, Mirth, and Mischief of an Ancient Symbol, Gibbs Smith, Chapter 3, p. 109,
      [] the hump on some figures' backs may sometimes represent a burden basket, which was employed throughout northern Mexico, and at Hopi was used along with a supporting forehead strap.

Usage notesEdit

Generally refers to items produced traditionally in indigenous North American communities.